Ph.D. – Vice President, Product Innovation
Member, Nutrition Advisory Board
Dr. John Heiss is the vice president of Global Product Innovation at Herbalife; a member of the Nutrition Advisory Board; and one of the scientists behind Herbalife24® – a comprehensive sports nutrition line – and Enrichual® – a hemp-based line of skincare products.
In his role, Dr. Heiss leads the company’s effort to modernise formulations of existing products and design new products across several consumer verticals.
Dr. Heiss spent two years outside Herbalife at a startup venture exploring the intersection of wellness and neuroscience, developing wearable sensors to continuously monitor neurodegeneration disease progression, with an emphasis on Alzheimer’s disease. With new insights into the relationship between the brain, heart, blood vessels, sleep and stress hormones, Dr. Heiss returned to Herbalife with a holistic approach that focuses on all elements of a healthy lifestyle.
As a former Category 2 competitive cyclist, Dr. Heiss has a keen understanding of the nutritional needs of endurance athletes. He is a multitime sub-9-hour Leadville 100 mountain bike race finisher and holds an age-group course record at the Furnace Creek 508, a nonstop 508-mile bike race that passes through Death Valley, California, as part of a two-man relay team. Dr. Heiss has run several ultramarathons and is an avid backcountry skier.
He earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA),* in biological chemistry, where he researched how single proteins function within cells. The findings from his research work have been published in several peer-reviewed journals and can be found on PubMed.